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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 20, Issue 1, 1993/1994

R. Taylor Scott
Pages 6-12

William H. Poteat
A Laudatio

William H. Poteat’s thought, while indebted to Michael Polanyi, originates in Poteat’s own project of remembering all articulate significances to their pre-articulate grounding in the mindbody. He invented the term mindbody both to overstep the traditional distinction between mind and body and to name the living arche of all meaning and meaning-discernment. In focusing on the recovery of the mindbody as the bedrock ontological matrix for the aquisition of speech, the act of explicit reference par excellence, Poteat radicalizes and advances Polanyi’s efforts to reclaim the tacit roots of all explicit knowledge.

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